Twoeyesshort on May 12th 2017 at 12:51:00 PM
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Twoeyesshort on May 25th 2018 at 10:43:24 AM
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Sometimes, it's not enough to just practice in a "fair" way. Getting really good at something implies the ability to do it even when there are factors impeding the person doing it. This trope is an intentional invocation of this, by having the trainee devote themselves to what would otherwise be a routine training session with additional restrictions.
- Attempting to use normal abilities while under the effects of a Power Limiter
- Doing a strenuous activity with additional weights bound to the trainee
- Asymmetric sparring... the trainer has a distinct martial advantage over the trainee, such as longer reach, padded armor, or is simply bigger and stronger
- Attempting something that requires deep concentration while there are distractions, ranging from obnoxious noises to a whole other facet of training to deal with
- Attempting common tasks in a manner the trainee is not familiar with, such as fighting while leading with their other hand or wayfinding in foreign territory
The reasons for doing this can vary. Maybe the trainee is already excellent in his field and this is the only conceivable way to get better still. Maybe the trainee is training specifically for a scenario where these factors are in place. Or maybe this is the best use of an otherwise modest budget. Regardless, the effect is usually that the trainee quickly finds ways to work through or around the limitations and becomes more formidable as a result.
If done in a particularly dangerous fashion, this overlaps with Training from Hell. See Charles Atlas Superpower for the eventual result. When they pull this sort of thing in the middle of "the real deal", like a combat situation, that's I Am Not Left-Handed. Also related is Boxing Lessons for Superman, inasmuch as it's a similar means of expanding a character's repertoire.
- Dragon Ball Z. Goku is a fan of this trope, regularly training with absurdly heavy weights and/or while under the effects of high gravity.
- Accidentally invoked by Guts, who was raised in a mercenary band and thus started training with swords meant for adults. As an adult, his swords are still longer than he is tall.
- After the Eclipse, Guts' self-imposed training involves things like chopping one-handed through logs falling down a waterfall. Of course, in this case it's because he lost an arm and an eye in the Eclipse, so he needs unusual training to get his new body back in fighting condition.
- In Captain Tsubasa, Hyuga's coach trains his soccer team by ordering them to dribble and kick the balls on shore tides. Hyuga himself take this further by using a heavier ball.
- In Naruto Rock Lee wears ludicrously heavy training weights on his legs most of the time, as in makes a crater when he drops them heavy, making him extremely fast once taken off.
- In The Inheritance Cycle, towards the end of the series, Eragon and Arya are sparring to keep their edge in time to fight Galbatorix. Arya pulls out every distracting trick she can think of, including making Eragon Distracted by the Sexy, so as to toughen his mentality in case Galbatorix starts to use illusion magic, he will be able to remain focused on his goal.
- In the children's book The Million Dollar Shot, Eddie Ball goes through several weeks of training on taking free throws, so as to stand the best chance of sinking it. This includes his friend Annie Stokely and her father Bobby (his coach) trying to Jump Scare him while he takes his shot, to teach him to block out distractions, because when he takes the shot in the Madison Square Garden, there will be no shortage of them.
- In the book version of The Princess Bride, one of Inigo's sword teachers emphasized this to the point of disdaining all else. He would rant about how fights to the death are rarely, if ever, going to be held under ideal conditions and thus you have to be ready for every possible bad scenario, such as what if you're trying to fight while severely injured, if you're in the midst of terrible weather, etc. Said master ridiculed other famous master teachers for teaching as though bouts would take place in a ballroom, and when Inigo is badly wounded by Count Rugen, it's this training and experience he calls on to see himself through it.
- In True Villains, Sebastian suffers a crippling magical attack on his Aura that constantly drains his Life Energy, forcing him to spend hours a day doing grueling exercises to replenish it. This earns him Charles Atlas Superpowers when he finds a mage to heal his aura and is able to retain and use all that power.
- Spoofed on the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "You're Fired, Mrs. Puff", when the new boating teacher makes SpongeBob run the obstacle course blindfolded. It works, only now SpongeBob can only drive while blindfolded.
- Swimmers will sometimes train while wearing extra clothing, like leggings, to give them more "drag" in the water. Once they get good at this, in theory, when they swim in a regular suit they'll be faster, because it's easier by comparison.
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